A Band of Brothers
An award-winning charity helping young men grow and develop,
improving their lives and the communities they live in
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Our work gets results
We're consistently proud of the results that the young men who complete our ‘Quest for Community’ programme achieve; with 80% of participants either going on to not re-offend or reporting a much lower severity in their offending behaviour.
We achieve this success by bringing young men and adult role models together for an intensive rite-of-passage programme coupled with an accredited mentoring curriculum. This immersive journey both challenges and encourages the young men’s growth, whilst providing them with the foundation of a lasting community and a wider network of support.
Our pioneering approach has been tailored to address the key contributors to offending behaviour identified both within the Social Exclusion Unit's report "Reducing Re-offending by Ex-prisoners" (2002) and equally the findings of the MOJ report "Transforming Rehabilitation: a summary of evidence on reoffending" (2013).
Our impact on the five primary areas highlighted in these reports can be seen in the outcomes below, that were taken from our most recent longditudinal evaluation in 2018.
Education, Employment and Training
73% increase in participants being in Employment, Education or Training. Paid employment rose from 7% to over 50%.
81% of participants showed an improvement in levels of self-esteem and self-worth.
67% of young men were securely housed compared to only 40% before.
The proportion of young men with severe addiction issues dropped from 51% to 14%.
Over 80% of participants experienced less conflict. Violent responses to conflict fell from 71% to 14%.
Additionally many of the young men have returned to staff training weekends for both the adult mentors and their own peers, with some developing themselves still further by going on to become mentors themselves.
And, although our programmes have a distinct start, middle and end, at abandofbrothers we subscribe to Desistance Theory (i.e. behavioural and attitudinal changes occur through sustained immersion over time). For this reason, another unique aspect of what we offer is that young men can return to their local community circle whenever they wish and for as long as they need. Our longest running weekly circles have been held by volunteer men at the same time, on the same day, for over 10 years.
Our stats at a glance
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Meet the people making it happen
abandofbrothers relies on the dedication and service of its wonderful mentors.Meet our Mentors